Department of Ecology News Release - May 29, 2014

Oil refineries to focus on efficiency and reducing carbon pollution

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Ecology has adopted a rule that requires oil refineries to maintain an above-average efficiency rating or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions (carbon pollution) 10 percent by 2025.

“This provides a path for oil refineries to save money and shrink their carbon footprint,” said Maia Bellon, Ecology director.

A benefit of the Refinery RACT (Reasonably Available Control Technology) rule is that less carbon pollution will be emitted into the air. Refineries also will save money, use less water and generate less waste.

“We continue to actively work toward reducing carbon pollution in a variety of ways,” said Bellon. “This means cleaner air today and for future generations.”

Details of the rule and other Ecology carbon-reduction strategies can be found on Ecology’s website.

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Contact:

Camille St. Onge, communication manager, 360-584-6501, @ecologyWA